Tenure-track faculty position in Ecohydrology

Oregon State University

Deadline May 01, 2014
Date Posted March 24, 2014
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering at Oregon State University invites applications for a tenure track position in the field of Ecohydrology, with an emphasis on plant-water interactions and the biological mediation of hydrological processes. An ideal candidate will be prepared to work across multiple scales, ranging from the scale of individual sites, to plant-water interactions at landscape scales, to regional analyses of biophysics and biogeochemistry, such as the improvement and application of earth system models.


Research in this area will contribute fundamental knowledge on the Earths critical zone, the layer that extends from the top of vegetation down into the groundwater, where water, atmosphere, ecosystems, soil, and rock interact. The faculty member is expected to advance a number of related fields through field studies and through numerical and biophysical modeling. Examples of primary topics include biomass production, food security and sustainable agriculture, plant-soil system sustainability, and feedbacks between vegetation and climate change. The successful candidate will be joining a dynamic and collaborative water resources community, which includes recent hires in remote sensing and large-scale climate modeling, as well as a large group of faculty at OSU with research emphasizing the hydrology of rivers, the subsurface, and land surface.


The appointment includes expectations for research and teaching. Courses could include: Ecohydrology at the undergraduate and graduate levels, Undergraduate Ecohydraulic Engineering, in addition to courses on emerging issues.


Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Biological Engineering, or related field and have experience in field measurements and numerical modeling of soil, plant, and hydrologic processes.  Other required qualifications include: evident commitment to cultural diversity & educational equity; evidence of good judgment and the ability to work independently; commitment to working in multidisciplinary teams; and excellent oral and written communication skills. 


It is anticipated that the appointment will be at the assistant professor level, but higher-rank appointments may be considered in exceptional circumstances.


To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting #0012123. You will be required to electronically submit a resume/CV that includes the names and phone numbers of at least three professional references, a cover letter including a statement on your philosophy and/or evidence of commitment to mentoring and advancing diversity, 1-page teaching philosophy, and 1-page research statement.  Contact John Bolte at 541-737-6303 or john.bolte@oregonstate.edu with questions.   Closing date is May 1, 2014. 


OSU is committed to a culture of civility, respect, and inclusivity.  As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, OSU values diversity in our faculty and staff regardless of their self-identity; to that end, we particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, veterans, women, LGBTQ community members, and others who share our vision of an inclusive community. Absolute respect for the equal rights of all colleagues and students is essential in this position, in this department, and at this university. 


The Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering (BEE) offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, with approximately 100 undergraduate majors in the first ABET-accredited Ecological Engineering BS in the nation, as well as 15 graduate students in the department and 17 students advised in the Water Resources Graduate Program.


How To Apply

You can apply for this position online at http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=63742